January 24, 2007

Last Day of Training

Today should be the last day of training before worlds. Ryan led us ( Barry, Gully, and myself) on a pretty good 3+ hour route into the hillier part of Flanders which ended at the infamously steep 600km Koppenburg climb that is part of the spring classic Tour of Flanders route. It's a brutal climb, made worse by the rough cobbles that were incredibly slippery from the fog and mist that had settled in this morning. We were able to ride the climb, but you had to stay seated and roll over your biggest gear or your wheel would spin, fortunately I had cross tires on which made it somewhat easier, but there is no way I'd want to hit that in a race after 200Km!

Tomorrow the worlds course is open for riding for 2 hours in the afternoon. I think I will do a short ride here and then preride on Friday as two days on a muddy course might just make me too tired at this point. I got in a half hour run yesterday and felt pretty good about it so I'm ready for too in case it comes down to that during the race. I heard there was an inch of snow there today that would melt soon and add to the mess, it doesn't really matter to me one way or the other, just as long as it's not raining during the race again like last week. That was just cruel.
If you'd like to here another version of the race, Tonkin has a good race report here.
Time for a nap.

Today's Ride Up The Koppenburg Sponsored By:

Title Sponsor:
  • Ned Purtell
  • William Langhoff
Other Sponsors:
  • Douglas Dobrozsi
Previous Donors:
  • Herbert Lantinga -Grand Rapids, MI
  • Thomas Dejager - WyomingMI
  • Jay Richards - UCI mtb race at Maplelag on May 12th
  • Madcross fundraising ( Renee Callaway)
    • Mark Badger
    • Lewis Clark
    • Joe Doyle
    • Dave Erickson
    • Eric Knuth
    • John McNeill
    • Linda Seamars
    • Chris Strout
    • Heidi Ploeg
    • Matthew Block
    • Kevin Kiddle
    • Mark Harms
    • Tom Palmer
    • Travis Goodlund
    • Glen Jones
  • Diana M Wyatt
  • Cara McCauley
  • Elmer and Naomi Schouten
  • Ralph Pulver
  • Al and Jennifer Krueger - Milwaukee, WI
  • Bill Larsen
  • Scott & Laura Cole
  • Christopher Cronin
  • Ryan Wondergem
  • Steve and Maryann Manthey
  • Andrew Klumb
  • John and Connie Holcomb
  • Jody Meyers: The bells team supports you 110%. GOOD LUCK!
  • John Meyers - Bells Brewery Quiring Cycles Race Team
  • Jason LaBella Chicago, IL WORS Comp #1111
  • Joseph Lekovish (SPONSOR: South Lyon Cycle Racing Team / Tailwind Michigan UCI CX Double-header Sept 2007)
  • Jesse Rients - MN
  • David Ziemer - GreenfieldMN
  • James Jones - Sheboygan
  • Joseph Brzuchanski: On behalf of the Bells Brewery/Quiring Cycles MTB Team (Jason Lummis, Mike Simonson, Scott Quiring, John Meyers, Jason Jones and myself).
  • Wade Loberger
  • Paul Roltgen
  • Jonathan Eggebrecht
  • Schwaller's Painting and Staining LLC (920) 918-3711
  • Robert Letson
  • Brian Eppen
  • Scott and Sara Kylander-Johnson
  • Carolyn Senty
  • Glen A Jones
  • Craig Manthe
  • Bill & Barb Litscher - Whitefish Bay, WI
  • Keith Wolf - Wauwatosa, Wi
  • David and Bonnie Justice
  • Francis Vandeloo
  • Rod Olliver http://www.ontariocyclocross.com/fccr
  • Kelly Niquette
  • Michael Martens: Working on Wisconsin's first Twilight Crit in 07' (June 16th 2007 in Grafton, WI.) Check us out. www.graftonbikerace.com
  • Ian Stanford
  • Greg Heck
  • Andrew Kruse
  • Todd Pittman, Ellicott City, MD
  • Mark Beck
  • Tony Wagner - Glenbeulah, WI
  • Jeremey Rodriguez
  • Brad Verstegen - Appleton, WI
  • Paul Belknap
  • Scott Roehrborn:Make sure to throw down some Belgian Waffles for the guys back home on the Sat. Breakfast Ride!
  • Ronald M Stawicki
  • Scott, Alla & Ayla Shapiro
  • Mitch Graham
  • Maryann Pitner
  • Guy Schutt - Oconomowoc, WI
  • Jay Moncel
  • Brian Conant – Dekalb, IL
  • Daniel Backley
  • Kenny Dretzka
  • Carl Voss - Eyota, MN
  • Rachel Steele
  • Chris Henning: This is from the henningboyz- 2 little crossers- from northbrook. congrats and we're pullin' for ya.
  • Steve Ferguson
  • Jason Fryda - Boulder, CO
  • Eric Peltier
  • Featherman Kids
  • Rachel Kilmer
  • Christopher Zacharias
  • Christopher Plummer
  • Randy Arellano - Dearborn, MI
  • Chris & Melanie Nystrom - Ellicott City, MD
  • Jennifer and Brian Smith
  • Mark A Lalonde
  • Lil'Jane of Capitol Velo in Madison. Note: Jane is a 10-year-old cyclocross racer in the Wisconsin series. Good Luck! Richard Moran (Madcross-Garner) Jane (Capitol Velo)
  • Andrew Weir
  • Joe Doyle
  • Sean Grady
  • Michael Phillips
  • Amy Dykema - Evanston, IL
  • Sonja Schouten (this is a good one, she donated her leftover euros from her own trip -nice!)
  • Bill Schneider - Green Bay, WI
  • Chad Dean
  • Wayne Prescott
  • Brian Hammer
  • Chad Melis


Mandy Lozano said...

wow. how do i get on that list? is see my b.f.f. cara is on it. me too me too!
good luck at worlds, sweet tristan. you will rock. did you slip-n-slide around last weekend?

Anonymous said...

how do i sponsor race day...i want to be the title sponsor!!! wait a minute i just remembered i already owe you $6 for dinner the other night...


fat..........tires and beer guy said...


oops! wrong race.


Sean Noonan said...

good luck this weekend, Tristan.

Sean Noonan